The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10) by Louise Penny

The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)

Happily retired in the village of Three Pines, Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide with the Sûreté du Québec, has found a peace he’d only imagined possible. On warm summer mornings he sits on a bench holding a small book, The Balm in Gilead, in his large hands. "There is a balm in Gilead," his neighbor Clara Morrow reads from the dust jacket, "to make the wounded whole."While Gamache doesn’t talk about his wounds and his bal...

Details The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)

TitleThe Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)
Release DateAug 26th, 2014
PublisherMinotaur Books
Number of pages373 pages
GenreMystery, Fiction, Cultural, Canada, Audiobook

Reviews The Long Way Home (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #10)

  • Kaye
    I've read an advance copy of Louise Penny's THE LONG WAY HOME.Then I sat down to write my own pitiful version of a review.But instead, I did what I sometimes do. But only with books that have touched me deeply. I turned back to page one and read it a second time.But I'm still having a very difficult time writing a review for this book.Mostly, I think, because I'm so lacking in review writing skills, but also because many of you might find my word...
  • MJ
    Louise , you've let us down! What a weak excuse for a book. There is no mystery here, there is just blathering on, and then uncovering something in the last pages. I have LOVED Armand and Jean-guy, and they were UNDER UTILIZED. I am no light weight when it comes to this author. I have read the entire series at least 2x. This book is in an entirely different category from the past mysteries. There was a lot of fluff and filler in this book, all th...
  • Kaceey
    With a heavy heart I have to admit that this was not my favorite Louise Penny book. I've read other reviews that said the same thing. I just hoped that I would see it differently, that I would love it as much as her prior books that essentially took my breath away. But alas, I have to agree with everyone, it was just wasn't the same. Let's start with the positive.... Louise Penny introduces each character with such depth that you feel that you kn...
  • Janet
    Oh Louise, you are a sly one. You begin your latest Gamache novel in the rural, serene setting of Three Pines. Humor is liberally sprinkled along with mouthwatering descriptions of the frequent meals enjoyed by all. I soon felt like I was hanging out with good friends, having a great time, sitting around and shooting the breeze. But wait, there’s more! This is a mystery novel, one written by you, crafty Louise Penny. So it is not long before da...
  • Christina
    I love Louise Penny's novels but I didn't think this one was as good as some of the others. The plot seemed thin because it lacked, I felt, the more layered plots of her previous novels. Since Gamache is retired we don't have the added tensions of his fight within the Surete while trying to solve a murder or the complications of the characters who work for him.I found Penny's writing style started to grate on me a bit: the fragmented sentences, r...
  • Margitte
    A perfectly appropriate title!I am not sure why Clara's relationship with her husband, Peter, has been kept as one of the final moments of this series. While Three Pines are back in the picture, my honest impression was that the author ran out of steam. The tedious, extremely slow moving plot, encompassing the inner-workings of the art world, was presented more like a never-ending travel journal of a group of friends, promoting tourism in Canada....
  • Dona
    Hurry up August 26, 2014! Can't wait to read it. Finally! It's here and I'm starting it today. Can't wait to start it, but already hate that it will have to end.I finished reading it and was not disappointed. A great story. Now I have to wait for number 11 to be written and published. I hope it's not too long of wait!
  • DL
    I'm not sure what has happened to this series. It's gone from being an engaging mystery series with a great deal of hidden insight to false insight being crammed in at every other line. This book made me tired. I finished it but without any pleasure. Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar and an ugly painting is ugly no matter how many hundreds of times you turn it over.
  • Kathy
    A Love Letter to Louise (No Spoilers)I want to thank you for yet another thrilling, engaging, thoughtful, and moving book. I found your prose so graceful (certainly not breathy as one reviewer labeled it-Really, tsk tsk) that on many occasions I stopped to re-read paragraphs, just for the sheer beauty of the work.I was moved by the love you have for your country. It shines so brightly in this work. I only wish all readers could feel it as deeply ...
  • ☮Karen
    3.5The ending is a bit of a stunner. Without giving too much away, Peter and Clara's relationship is examined; but along the way so is the art world in depth, Gamache himself, the nine muses of Greek mythology, and the best scenery to be found in Canada. I always learn something from these books. The ending does open up the possibility for a change to come to Three Pines. Not the best in the series, but I'm hooked.
  • Carolyn
    The previous book in this series How the Light Gets In was such a good finale to Chief Inspector Armand Gamache's career as Quebec's Head of Homicide, ending with his retirement to the little village of Three Pines that he has come to love so much where he can start to recover his physical and mental health. I couldn't imagine that a sequel featuring Gamache in retirement could be as good and postponed reading this book for a long time and unfort...
  • Barbara Hathaway
    I had eagerly awaited this title but found myself disappointed and underwhelmed. Penny delivered her usual beautifully descriptive prose but without the tightly woven plotting that usually makes her novels so compelling. The coincidences and artistic "insights"that advanced the plot felt forced and ludicrous at times. Sigh....
  • LJ
    First Sentence: As Clara Morrow approached, she wondered if he’d repeat the same small gesture he’d done every morning. Chief Inspector Armand Gamache has retired and moved, with his wife Reine-Marie, to the village of Three Pines. There he is seeking peace and recovery from recent events. However, he can’t ignore the plea from one of his neighbors and friends. Clara and her husband Peter decided to separate for one year. That year has now ...
  • Leslie
    Oh, I love this series; it's all I can do to not just go back to the beginning and read every book straight through.I should mention that this is the first time I've ever been ahead of the curve with a book. It will not be released until 26 August, but an Advanced Reader's Copy came my way and I snatched it up eagerly.Anyway, the plot has to do with a missing husband, the search for him, various eccentrics in a village, and art...lots and lots of...
  • Susan
    In this addition to the Inspector Gamache series, he and his wife Reine-Marie have retired to the little town of Three Pines, something they have dreamed about for quite some time. After Louise Penny reacquaints us with the wonderful characters and witty banter, that is always a hoot amongst the crazy inmates of Three Pines, Gamache and Reine are delighted to have a visit from their daughter Annie and his protege, Jean Beauvoir. So most of the lo...
  • Anne
    Some spoilers in this review, but the ending is not revealed. I'm a longtime devotee of Louise Penny's Inspector Gamache/Three Pines mysteries. I loved previous novels because the characters were interesting and believable, the narrative lines were complex, strong, and, well, MYSTERIOUS! But I'm now wondering if a book a year isn't an awful lot to ask of a quality writer like Ms. Penny. I listen to the audio versions of the books. In this tenth T...
  • Michael
    I stopped at exactly halfway done. I lost patience with slow plot progression despite appreciating the excellent attention of the author to nuances of emotion and motivations of her characters.Those who have come to love Inspector Gamache of the Montreal detective force may not be able to resist following him here, now retired to his beloved rural community of Three Pines. But it’s a bit of an early retirement. He is damaged goods, still recove...
  • Ivonne Rovira
    The last we saw of Peter Morrow, in A Trick of the Light, his long-suffering wife Clara Morrow was insisting on a year-long trial separation. Clara, long used to living in the more famous Peter’s shadow as an artist, had finally discovered how he had been sabotaging her for years, too emotionally insecure to bear his wife’s beautiful paintings to eclipse his. Now, after the harrowing events of The Beautiful Mystery and How the Light Gets In (...
  • Paul
    The Long Way Home – Stylish ThrillerThe Long Way Home by Louise Penny is the tenth Chief Inspector Armand Gamashe thriller that she has written. This is a stylish and evocative story the prose is outstanding and makes the imagery seem crystal clear. If you like a crime thriller to have a high octane plot and dead bodies filling the morgue then this book is not for you. If you want well developed characters complete with a full back story given ...
  • Grey853
    Armand Gamache, former Chief Inspector of Homicide, is asked by his friend Clara to find her husband. She sent him away a year ago for a trial separation, but they agreed he'd return in a year and they'd review their marriage. He never showed up and now she's worried that something horrible has happened.So, the next however many pages are spent going over in minute detail what it takes to find someone who's gone missing. There's a lot of jabber a...
  • Ankur
    the book contains the usual hallmarks of Louise penny's writing.....but where the book fails is the plot.The premise didn't justify the painstakingly long investigation into the disappearance of Peter failed to engage me and hold my interest. I think penny must really think about the future course the series needs to take.coz, it might just happen that Gamache is investigating the disappearance of Rosa in her next.
  • Sue Kraft
    Different but goodI enjoyed this as I have all the Gamache novels. I actually liked it a lot and would have given it a 5 but I didn't like the ending. I won't go into why as that would spoil it for others. I just saw no good reason to end it the way it did.
  • Miriam
    I was thrilled when I got an email from MacMillan offering me the chance to read an advance readers copy of The Long Way Home. I start missing Gamache and Three Pines and its inhabitants the moment I turn the last page of each book, so it's pure delight when the next book falls into my hands (or ears, as the case may be, since I love to listen to the audiobooks as well). I'm not going to write a synopsis of the book, since others will do it bette...
  • Kristina
    Oh, Louise Penny. I’m sorry, but this book is ridiculous. I hate to say this, but I’m done with Chief Inspector Gamache and his pals in Three Pines. The early books are good, but the two previous novels (The Beautiful Mystery and How the Light Gets In) displayed Penny’s irritating new writing style and began my disenchantment with the characters. A Long Way Home, her tenth in the series, is my breaking point. I don’t want to read about th...
  • Barbara Bryant
    If the story had been as interesting as the locale of the book, I might have rated it a 3 or more. Instead it is a somewhat tiresome book with a lot of repetition and story-stretching that might suggest an idea that was not enough for a full book length.I have read all of Penny's books, and enjoyed some much more than this one. There are a few common factors, though, that irritate me. One is the author's need to raise each narrative above the mun...
  • Suzy
    Louise Penny's Armand Gamache mystery series (sometimes called Three Pines Mysteries) is in my top 5 favorite series. As I said in my review of the last book How the Light Gets In, the things I most appreciate about this series are:mystery, humor,characters you want to know and whom you've grown to love, philosophy and wonderful pacing, alternating between the slower pace of Three Pines and the breakneck pace of the goings on in Montreal.I had al...
  • Ware
    Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, retired from the Sûreté du Québec where as he was internationally renown as a homicide expert, sits on a stone bench in Three Pines every morning. He is joined each day by a neighbor Clara Morrow who finally gets up the nerve to ask the courage to ask him for a favor. Her husband Peter, whom she asked to leave over a year before has not returned despite their agreement to do so on the anniversary of his departur...
  • Stephanie
    THE LONG WAY HOME is a book for those of us who are long time readers of the series; in it, we are rewarded with new views on some of our most beloved (or despised) characters as well as a love story to the quest for peace, forgiveness, and new beginnings. As in earlier entries in the series, Quebec shines as a character in its own right. Not to be missed.
  • Jeanette
    This is going to be a difficult review to write. The prose, natural world descriptions and placements in this unique locale of haggard and isolated sea villages of the far North in Canada, like Tabaquen, were excellent. Everything else, not so much.This book is never, for more than 5 pages out of 373, a mystery as much as it is an analysis. An analysis both in aesthetics and in psychology, of the Peter Marrow character and the relationship he has...